UN chief: Human trafficking a problem in many conflict zones

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Outgoing U.N. Secretary-Basic Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday referred to as on all nations to research and prosecute instances of human trafficking and stated probably the most weak victims are ladies, youngsters and refugees caught up in battle areas across the globe.

Ban, addressing the 15-member Safety Council throughout an open debate on human trafficking in battle zones, stated extremist teams from the Islamic State to Boko Haram and al-Shabab visitors in individuals, particularly ladies and women, as a weapon of terror and income.

"We've got to battle trafficking for the sake of the victims," Ban stated. "Once we do, we may even lower funding for terrorists — and make everybody safer."

Ban, whose time period as prime U.N. official ends Dec. 31, spoke because the Safety Council considers its first-ever decision on the subject of human trafficking, which seeks to strengthen the United Nation's capacity to counter the phenomenon and bolster the worldwide group's means to answer it.

Yuri Fedotov, government director of the U.N. Workplace on Medicine and Crime, stated the constructing blocks for preventing worldwide human trafficking could be discovered within the U.N.'s Conference Towards Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol on the apply, which was adopted by the Common Meeting and went into impact in 2003.

He stated trafficking victims have been detected in 106 totally different nations and territories worldwide. The excellent news, he stated, is that 158 nations have criminalized most types of the apply according to the protocol.

"There isn't any single measure, nobody step to deal with this drawback alone," Fedotov stated.

Ameena Saeed Hasan campaigns for worldwide assist for the hundreds of Yazidi ladies and women who've been taken into captivity by the Islamic State group in northern Iraq.

Hasan advised the council that the extremist group has kidnapped 6,500 Yazidi women and girls within the final 2 1/2 years.

"They're bought in slave markets, topic to sexual slavery. A woman of 12 years is bought for a pack of cigarettes," she stated. "We can't stay silent to those horrible crimes."

The Spain-sponsored draft decision calls upon member states to do extra to battle human trafficking. It asks that these nations that haven't but executed so to completely implement the U.N.'s trafficking in individuals protocol in addition to examine and dismantle trafficking networks.